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Rising Again: Transformation in Delhi, a Rediscovered Cole Porter Score

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dome and minaret of Jama Masjid Mosque in Delhi, India Dome and minaret of Jama Masjid Mosque in Delhi, India (Copyright: NOWAK LUKASZ/Shutterstock)

On today’s show: Rana Dasgupta explores the city of Delhi through its people—from drug dealers to metal traders to psychoanalysts to billionaires—and what they reveal about one of the world’s fastest-growing cities. We’ll hear about “The Ambassador Revue,” a Cole Porter score that was recently rediscovered in Italy! Joshua Ferris talks about his latest novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. And The New Yorker’s Sarah Stillman talks about the industry of halfway houses, treatment centers and private-for profit probation companies that have sprung up recently.

Capitalism, Inequality, and Delhi's Transformation

A look at the transformation of Delhi through its people—from drug dealers to metal traders to psychoanalysts to billionaires—and what they reveal about how capitalism is changing the city.

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A Cole Porter Score, Rescued From Oblivion

"The Ambassador Revue" was all but forgotten when it was rediscovered in an archive in Milan, and it's having its American premiere on June 27 at Town Hall.

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, a Novel by Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris discusses his new novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. It’s about Paul O'Rourke, a dentist made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it and he’s an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. When someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name, he realizes that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing.

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Profiting from Offenders When They Get Out of Jail

A look at the growing industry of "offender-funded justice" that profits from those who are unable to pay their unpaid tickets, fines, and court fees.

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